The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 5, 1986 · Page 6
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Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, January 5, 1986
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Local/Kansas 2 The Salina Journal Sunday, January 5,1986 Page 6 Moundridge fire ruled accidental MOUNDRIDGE (HNS) - A fire investigator has ruled as accidental the fire that destroyed the Mid- Kansas Association feed mill Monday night. Dwane Snyder, a fire investigator for Farmland Mutual Insurance Co., spent Tuesday and Thursday digging through the blackened rubble inside what remained of the mill's first level. "It was definitely accidental," Snyder said of the fire. "We've ruled out any possibility of a set fire." The fire apparently began in the uppermost level of the mill. "There's a good chance it could have been an equipment malfunction. They had been grinding milo just before they closed the mill (Monday). "Something could have gone through a grinder and up to the top, through a leg. A piece of metal, a nail or something," he said. A piece of metal in the machinery could cause other parts to disintegrate and create enough heat to send smoldering materials into a grain bin. The 40-year-old bins in the mill, like most built in the 1940s, were made of pine. The mill had a wooden frame, covered with sheet steel. "That's the trouble with a framed, iron-clad feed mill. A small fire sets a wooden bin on fire, it sets the structure on fire and you have a major fire," Snyder said. Workers planned to remove more debris from the mill's first level and basement Friday so Snyder could examine machinery on those levels. MOTOR MIRTH — Rusty Bennet, 12, (left) rides a dirt motorcycle behind his sister, Shawna, 14, riding a mo-ped in west Salina. They are from Westminster, Colo., and are in town visiting relatives. <asi3 Scott Wllllaim , through a field City's '85 one of the wettest on record By BOB KELLY Staff Writer The pages of Salina's weather books got a little damp around the edges in 1985. Consider these facts: • The year's total of 38.93 inches of precipitation was the ninth wettest in 103 years of Salina record keeping. The all-time wettest year was flood-ravished 1951 when 49.66 inches of precipitation fell. The 1985 total was the heaviest since 48.88 inches (the No. 2 total) was recorded in 1973. • For the year, precipitation was 5.35 inches above a year ago and 11.15 inches better than average. • The yearly average jumped from 27.67 inches to 27.78 inches. Salina now has recorded 2,862.60 inches of precipitation since the first official recordings were made in 1883. • Three times during the year, precipitation was heavy enough to make new record book entries — April was the third wettest with 6.99 inches, August was the fifth wettest with 7.37 inches and October was the eighth wettest with 4.60 inches. • Once during the year, lack of precipitation also made the record books — July's .23 of an inch was the seventh driest. • Only three times during the year (May-1.99 inches, July-.23 of an inch, and December-.66 of an inch) did the monthly precipitation fall short of the monthly average. • Winter of 1985 (January, February and March) was the 10th wettest on record with 5.54 inches of precipitation. •Autumn of 1985 (October, November and December) accounted for 6.73 inches of precipi- Fenton Glass GIFT SXOR-E 120 N. Santa Fe Deal Grosser Look For The Big "D" On The Door tation, slightly less than the 10th wettest fall total of 6.87 inches in 1968. • Snow made a bigger impact in 1985 when an even 30 inches was recorded, compared to only 20 inches last year. Half of that snowfall fell on only one day in January, however. Here's a brief review of Salina's weather during 1985: January was marked by 16 inches of snow, including a whopping 15 inches on Jan. 9. That was the heaviest one-day (24-hour reporting period) snowfall in more than two decades. The Journal's detailed records of snowfall go back only to 1960. The snowfall spawned reminders of the January 1979 snowstorm that left 16 inches of snow in a period of slightly more than 24 hours on Jan. 12 (6inches) and Jan. 13 (lOinches). By the 21st day of February, January's snow and three more inches in February had finally disappeared for the first time in 43 days. March brought a snowy surprise to its end with two inches of snow on its final day. With rain on nine of the month's last 12 days, April finished with 6.99 inches of rain. That put the 1985 total third behind the 7.30 inches in 1885 and the 7.09 inches in 1944. May marked the first time in five months that Salina received below- average rainfall (1.99 inches compared to a 3.97-inch average). June started with 3.55 inches of rain in its first six days and finished with 6.31 inches. Two months of six- inch-plus rains, including April's 6.99 inches, pushed spring 1985's total (April-May-June) to 15.29 inches. Much drier conditions returned in July when only .23 of an inch of rain fell all month. It was the third straight year for a dry July (.04 in 1984 and .12 in 1985). August broke the typical dog days weather pattern of sizzling heat and little rain. High temperatures averaged eight degrees lower than the average a year ago and the mercury made it to the 100-degree mark just twice. Salina logged 7.37 inches of rain, more than four inches above average. Temperatures took a roller-coaster ride in September with a high of 101 and a low of 33 degrees. The month's 3.77 inches of rain was the heaviest September rainfall since 4.75 inches fell in 1978. October jumped right back into the rainy pattern with 4.67 inches of rain, the eighth wettest October on record. A 30-degree minimum reading on the month's first day tied a record low set in 1958. November brought an early taste of winter, with three inches of snow on the month's final two days. With six of the month's last 13 days below freezing, the average high temperature fell to 44.2 degrees, compared to a balmy 53-degree average last year. December finished with six days in the 50-degree range — topped by a 53- degree reading on the 22nd — but small periods of frigid weather kept the month's high-temperature average down to 36.4 degrees, compared to a warm 44.12 degrees in 1984. The low temperatures dropped to a minus-4 degrees on the 13th when the high for the day was only 13 degrees. The month's average low of 16.7 degrees was much cooler than the 1984 average of 25.61 degrees. The month brought six inches of snow — the heaviest snowfall was three inches on the 10th — but only .66 of an inch of precipitation. That was .19 of an inch below the monthly average of .85 of an inch. Precipitation Scoreboard Month January February March April May June July August September October November December Totals Inches 1985 1.41 1.70 2.43 6.99 1.99 6.31 .23 7.37 3.77 4.60 1.47 .66 1984 .66 .47 4.45 6.41 1.87 5.82 .04 4.35 1.50 4.39 .65 2.97 Avg. .70 .96 1.61 2.63 3.97 4.42 3.17 3.22 2.8B 2.15 1.22 .85 38.93 33.58 27.78 Temperature Scoreboard High and low temperatures and precipitation as recorded for December by the Salina FAA weather station. High Low Date I 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Precip. .15 Snou 13 16 20 46 50 42 43 '43 32 25 20 24 13 30 42 41 39 17 42 25 52 53 49 37 24 50 41 49 50 50 49 2 3 12 15 24 25 31 26 20 19 5 4 •4 0 17 29 19 1 17 13 23 32 30 10 6 23 22 19 18 31 26 .06 31 T Hundreds of readers check the classified ads every day. Phone 8236363 and an ad-taker will help with your ad. 901 W. Crawford 827-3601 605 E. Crawford Specials Good Sun., Mon. & Tues. •Think Security THE LONGER THE TERM THE MORE YOU EARN YIELD RATE TERM (MONTHS) COKE, DIET COKE, COKE CLASSIC, CHERRY COKE, SUNKIST, A&W, SPRITE 2 Liter ' 1 9 12-12 Oz. Cans $319 X-TRA SERVICE • Buy Stamps & Drop Letters •Ship UPS • Drop Brian's Boot Repair •Drop Dallas Cleaners Shugart Photographer Jan. 16,17 & 18 BOLD DETERGENT 42 oz $-J99 Use your Publisher Clearing House coupons and support the Special Olympics! CHARMIN TISSUE 4 Roll 99 7-UP, DR PEPPER Regular or Diet $4 O9 2 Liter 12-12 Oz. $319 9.576% 9.469% 9.202% 8.775% 8.349% ... 9.965% 9.25% 9.15% 8.90% 8.50% 8.10% 8.00% 9.50% fe *500.00 §500.00 S 500.00 $500.00 S 500.00 40.000.00 S 50.00 C(IMPARK TIIKSK INTEREST RATES TO THE KATE BEING PAID FOR YOUR SAVINGS DOLLAR. THEN CALL LINDA ASHTON OR BARBARA BELL AT 825-H241 KOH MORE INFORMATION. SECURITY SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION 317 So. Sjnla fe • 1B30 S. Ohio MEMBER F.S.L.I.C./Ph. 625-8241 Haden to head KCC division TOPEKA (AP) - The chief spokesman for the Kansas Corporation Commission, Gary L. Haden, has been selected to become administrator of the agency's Research and Energy Analysis Division, the KCC announced Friday. Haden, 41, is a native of Kanopolis and joined the corporation commission in January 1984 as "director of regulatory information and public participation." He holds bachelors and masters degrees in journalism from Kansas State University. Before joining the KCC, Haden was a newspaper reporter for 11 years, including a six-year stint as an energy writer at the Wichita Eagle- Beacon. Professional Updating Opportunities in Salina Courses for teachers, extension agents, agricultural businessmen, ministers and others. Kansas State University will offer the following courses during the Spring 1986 semester in Salina. Agriculture "Soil Problems'Soil Science." Tuesdays. 6:00-8:45 p.m.. January 21-April 29. Kansas Technical Institute. Technology Center. Room 106. Education "Research Methods and Treatment o( Data." Mondays. 4:30-6:55 p.m.. January 20-May 5, Area F.ducational Resource Center, Room 9. "Educational Facility Planning." Wednesdays. 4:30-6:55 p.m.. January 22-May 7. Area Educational Resource Center. Room 9. "Adult Education Related to Higher Education," Tuesdays. 4:30-6:55 p.m.. January 21-May 6. Brown Mackie College. Library. "Readings: Readings on Reading Comprehension." by appointment. January 20-May 9, Area Educational Resource Center, Room 10. "Topics: Microcomputers lor Management ol Instruction," Tuesdays. 4:306:55 p.m.. January 21-May 6, Salina High School South. Computer Lab. "Topics: Trends in Teaching Reading Comprehension." Thursdays, 4:30-6:55 p.m., January 23-February 20. Area Educational Resource Center, Room 9. "Topics: Reading Comprehension in Classroom Materials," Thursdays. 4:306:55 p.m.. February 27-April 3. Area Educational Resource Center, Room 9. "Topics: Vocabulary Development in Reading Comprehension," Thursdays. 4:30-6:55 p.m. April 10-May 8. Area Educational Resource Center, Room 9. "Teacher Self-Assessment," Tuesdays. 4:30-7:05 p.m., January 21-May 6. Area Educational Resource Center, Room 9. English "Topics in Literature: The Modern Religious Novel," Tuesdays. 4:006:30 p.m., January 21-May 13, Area Educational Resource Center, Room 10. For more Information about enrollment contact Ed Gorsky, KSU Division of Continuing Education, 1-800-432-8222, 317 Umberger, KSU, Manhattan, KS 66S06. TODAY 1-4 PM 2216Leland Way Come see how to achieve energy independence from the Country Comfort® fireplace Insert or freestanding wood stoves. Free Rick of Wood With Purchase COUNTRY COMFORT THE JEAN STATION tiiffiit iiiiiili ENTIRE STOCK INCMJDED ALL SALES FINAL NO KXCHANGKS -NO BKKUNDS »N() LAYAWAYS lr™3l MID STATE MALL, SALINA

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